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Dangerous Cold Temps

Dangerous Cold Weather This Weekend

Sub Zero Temperatures Expected

Pets Should Not be Exposed to These Temps for More Than 20 Minutes According to Dr. Scott Marshall

If you Lose Heat For Any Reason Please Call 211 Operators Will be Standing By To Help You Find Warm Shelter

Some Tips to Think About from RIEMA Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts). Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions. Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees. o Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing. o Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean. o Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels. o Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning. o Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. o Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly. o Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability. o Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well. o Thermostat - ensure it works properly. o Tires - make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs. o Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

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Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

Online: http://www.riema.ri.gov/

Release date: 01-20-2011

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